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Student Gets Suspended For Wearing Clothes

A judge ruled Thursday that a 15-year-old sophomore cannot form an anarchy club or wear T-shirts opposing the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan
Judge Rules on Student Anarchy Club
By MICHELLE SAXTON, Associated Press Writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge ruled Thursday that a 15-year-old sophomore cannot form an anarchy club or wear T-shirts opposing the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan (news - web sites) because it would disrupt school.

Katie Sierra was suspended from Sissonville High School for three days for promoting the club. She was also told she could not wear T-shirts with messages such as: ``When I saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security. God Bless America.''

In a complaint filed with her mother, Sierra argued her right to free speech was being denied.

Circuit Court Judge James Stucky agreed that free speech is ``sacred'' but he found that such rights are ``tempered by the limitations that they ... not disrupt the educational process.''

Sierra said she'll pursue the dispute.

``I don't want war. I'm not for Afghanistan,'' Sierra said. ``I think that what we're doing to them is just as bad as what they did to us, and I think it needs to be stopped.''

James Withrow, lawyer for the Kanawha County Board of Education, argued that an anarchy club was inappropriate because students ``do not feel that their school is a safe place anymore.''

``Anarchy is the antithesis of what we believe should be in schools,'' Withrow said.

Sierra's attorney, Roger Forman, said she is ``being punished for expressing her opinion.''
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Hang on to your beliefs 02.Nov.2001 05:01

Voxpartizan

Right on, Katie. You have all of our support and big ups for having the courage to speak your convictions. Don't let the bastards convince you that you are alone. You're not alone.
To the machine, we say Ya Basta!
To the people, we say Rise Up!

courage and conviction 02.Nov.2001 12:11

on the side of peace

Katie's courage and love for ALL of humanity is the only way that we will ever abolish war. Stand up - Speak out!

stand up for freedom 02.Nov.2001 12:54

freedom is our right

Katie I applaude you and your courage to pursue that which is in your heart! Stand strong sister and fight for the betterment of all humanity.